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Lakers Sign Damien Jones to a 10-Day Contract

Feb 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns center Damian Jones (30) dunks over Portland Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little (9) during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Lakers take a flyer on an athletic rim-running big in Damien Jones. He fits the mold of what JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard provided last year.

The Lakers lack a long, athletic big who can contest the rim and vertically space the floor. Their two current centers don’t provide that. Marc Gasol is floor-bound at this point, and Montrezl Harrell is a bit undersized. With Anthony Davis sidelined, the roster doesn’t have a true lob threat.

The Lakers have had a tough February. The short turnaround from the Bubble and the condensed schedule are taking their toll. Jones provides some depth.

Jones’ longest stint with an organization was three years with Golden State. He became a starter in 2018-2019. Unfortunately, he tore his pectoral muscle and missed the rest of the season.

He signed with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 offseason and played 55 games with the Hawks. However, they didn’t resign him. He signed with the Phoenix Suns. However, he hasn’t seen much game time and was waived.

Jones looked like he was making a jump in the 2018-2019 season before his injury. If the Lakers give him an opportunity, he can inject some length and athleticism into their front-court.

To open up a roster spot to sign Jones to a 10-day, the Lakers waived beloved guard Quinn Cook.

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